Campus Environment

University of Portland's operational resumption plans are subject to change as our understanding of COVID-19 evolves and based on guidelines set by the State of Oregon and Multnomah County. Please check this website often for the latest information. 

As a condition of returning to campus, community members are expected to follow health and safety practices to related to COVID-19.

Outdoor Campus Spaces

When walking on campus sidewalks, please always stay to the right side of the walkway to provide at least six feet of physical distance from pedestrians walking in the opposite direction.

Signage Program

The University has developed a portfolio of signage and decals to guide building occupants and visitors as they enter, travel through, occupy, and exit buildings. Common areas in buildings such as main entry doors, corridors, lobbies, waiting areas, will be populated with signage with reminders of safe hygiene practices, traffic flow, and other important information.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Buildings

As the University moves forward into subsequent stages of its reopening plan, Physical Plant staff, in addition to their daily cleaning and sanitizing of spaces across campus, will also increase their disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces throughout campus to multiple times each day. Frequently touched surfaces include items such as door handles, handrails, restroom fixtures, elevator buttons, countertops, etc.  

As part of the University's cleaning and disinfecting plan, hand sanitizing stations will be installed at the main entrances of all facilities and in high-traffic common areas throughout campus.

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce any potential spread of the virus by routinely sanitizing their individual workspaces.

Access to Buildings

Through Stage 2 of the University's reopening plan, entry into most campus buildings will continue to be limited to assigned faculty and staff using their ID card.

Additional information about building access will be provided in subsequent stages.

Entering and Exiting Buildings

Among other measures to be instituted in later phases of reopening, larger buildings may have doors designated to be “Enter” or “Exit” only in order to avoid congestion.

Circulating Through Buildings

Building occupants navigating through building corridors and hallways should follow the right side of these passageways and should avoid congregating.

Elevators and Stairs

Occupants are encouraged to use stairs for vertical circulation through buildings and should follow the right side of stairways.

Most elevators should be limited to two occupants per cab. Those waiting for elevators in lobbies should practice appropriate physical distancing.


Individuals are expected to keep at least six feet of distance in restrooms across campus. Please be mindful of the number of individuals inside a building restroom, and limit occupancy to ensure appropriate physical distancing. 

Wash your hands thoroughly after each use to reduce the potential transmission of the Coronavirus. 

Only use alternating sinks when washing hands in a restroom; only use alternating urinals in men's restrooms.


Through Stage 2 of the University's reopening plan, departments are expected to continue the use of Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other remote-meeting technologies whenever possible. 

If it is necessary to hold meetings in-person, faculty and staff are asked to limit the number of attendees present, wear face coverings, and ensure that all individuals are able to appropriately physical distance (i.e., six feet apart).  

Reception Desks and Transaction Counters

As the University enters the next stages of reopening, reception areas inside office suites should be equipped with signage requesting visitors to remain six feet away. In places where this distance cannot be achieved, the addition of a temporary plastic shield is recommended. 

Transaction counters, especially at campus retail locations, will be fitted with temporary plastic shields or other furniture placed in such a way as to ensure at least six feet is between employees and guests. 

Campus Dining

In Stages 1 and 2 of the University’s reopening, those campus dining outlets that have reopened have adjusted menus to reflect grab-n-go or individually plated carryout food only. For specific hours of operation, please consult Bon Appétit's website. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take food back to their respective workstations or eat outdoors.

More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

We are in Phase 1